Video: Mike Trout gets huge ovation... for simply playing in Philadelphia

Video: Mike Trout gets huge ovation... for simply playing in Philadelphia

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I guess Citizens Bank Park is one of those places where opposing fans can easily come in and take over now. Thanks, Ruben.

Or maybe it'll only happen on rare nights where the best player in baseball who just so happens to be from a town 45 minutes south of Philadelphia is playing the Phillies and the ticketing gurus in the organization decide to officially call it "Millville Night" at the ball yard.

It seemed like the entire city was in attendance. Heck, even they Mayor of Millville threw out the first pitch.

This is my favorite quote about the evening, from

"It's probably the biggest event this city has ever had," lifelong Millville resident and current deputy mayor Jim Quinn said. "Back in the '50s, Millville's [high school] football team had a 31-game winning streak that was a big thing, but I can't think of anything close to what is happening with Mike Trout at Citizens Bank Park."

Poor Millville. Whatever happened on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park was probably the "biggest event" their city has ever had.

And yes, I'm probably a bit grumpy because the Phillies lost, the only thing that happened on Tuesday night in South Philly that I really cared about.

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I suppose it's nice that the people of Millville got to see their local hero's team win on the town's own night? But most of them are probably Phillies fans anyway, right? Who knows.

Their guy didn't do a whole lot to help the Angels defeat the Phillies which is a minor victory for us local curmudgeons. Millville has Cody Asche to thank for that.

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Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds